Presidential Permit

On April 12, 2013, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced the U.S. State Department's issuance of the Presidential Permit providing U.S. federal approval for the “construction, connection, operation, and maintenance” of the new publicly-owned bridge linking Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario.

Michigan applied for the presidential permit on June 21, 2012, shortly after Canada and Michigan signed the Crossing Agreement. Following an extended public comment period, the Department of State determined that the issuance of a Presidential Permit “would serve the national interest” and that the “permit contributes to ensuring that our border infrastructure supports increased competitiveness, job creation, and broad-based prosperity in the United States and Canada. The NITC will help to meet future capacity requirements in a critical travel corridor, promote cross-border trade and commerce, and advance our vital bilateral relationship with Canada.”